Fred Weber Inc. subsidiaries contribute nearly $2,000 to Stenger

1st Senate District candidates Barry, Lembke draw most contributions

By Burke Wasson, Staff Reporter

Three subsidiaries of a company that for years has tried to construct a trash-transfer station in Oakville over the objection of nearby residents have contributed nearly $2,000 to 6th District County Council Democratic candidate Steve Stenger.

Citizens for Steve Stenger has received $1,975 from three Fred Weber Inc. subsidiaries — $675 from Quality Sand Inc., $650 from Bluff City Minerals and $650 from Crystal Springs Development.

Stenger seeks to unseat 6th District County Councilman John Campisi, R-south county. Campisi, who since 2004 has voted against the trash-transfer station to be constructed at 5219 Baumgartner Road, recently lost an appeal seeking to set aside a settlement agreement between St. Louis County and Fred Weber to build the station.

While the County Council in 2004 rejected the station’s construction because of the County Department of Health’s concerns, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources in July approved Weber’s permit application for the station and cited improvements to the station’s design plan mitigating those initial health concerns.

As of Oct. 15, Citizens for Steve Stenger had raised $219,820.38, including $150,000 Stenger donated to himself. He had spent $128,764.51.

As of Oct. 13, the Committee to Elect John Campisi had raised $12,748.25 and spent $7,439.86. His largest single contributor is Air Conditioning Contractors of America St. Louis Chapter, which donated $5,000.

Notable contributions to Stenger include: $1,350 from the Oakville Democratic Organization; $900 from former Mehlville Fire Protection District Board of Directors Chairman Thomas O’Driscoll; $675 from County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch; $500 from the Tesson Ferry Democratic Organization; $450.35 from County Executive Charlie Dooley’s campaign committee; $350 from 1st state Senate District Democratic candidate Joan Barry; $350 from Mehlville Fire Fighters Local 1889 attorney John Goffstein’s law firm; $250 from Mehlville Fire Fighters Local 1889; $250 from former Mehlville Fire Protection District Chief Ray Haddock; $200 from Progressive Democrats of Lemay; $200 from the campaign committee for Rep. Pat Yaeger, D-Lemay; $100 from the campaign committee for Rep. Sue Schoemehl, D-Oakville; $100 from former 6th District Democratic County Councilman Jeff Wagener; and $20 from Missouri 85th District Democratic candidate Vicki Lorenz Englund.

Notable contributions to Campisi include: $975 from the Tesson Ferry Township Republican Club; $200 from Lou Chiodini, Campisi’s County Council assistant; and $100 from the 100th District Republicans. Campisi also received $200 from attorney Lester Stuckmeyer, who is representing American Eagle Waste Industries and two county residents in a suit against St. Louis County seeking a vote on each of eight trash districts in unincorporated areas.

Stuckmeyer also contributed $200 to Rep. Jim Lembke, R-Lemay, in his run for the 1st District state Senate seat.

The race in the 1st state Senate District between former Democratic 100th District Rep. Joan Barry of Oakville and Lembke has drawn the most contributions of any election in south county this November.

As of Oct. 8, the Committee to Elect Joan Barry had raised $434,476.95, spent $212,319.29 and contributed $24,290.54. After that report was filed, she also received $5,000 on Oct. 9 from Sheet Metal Workers Local 36 and $7,277.15 on Oct. 20 from the Committee to Stop Lembke, a group created by St. Louis attorney Paul Passanante in objection to Lembke’s efforts to alter the Nonpartisan Court Plan.

As of Oct. 12, Lembke for Senate had received $318,226.02, spent $109,027.82 and contributed $1,650. After that report was filed, he also received $5,000 on Oct. 23 from the campaign committee for state Sen. Charlie Shields, R-St. Joseph, and $25,000 on Oct. 18 from TAMKO Building Products Inc. CEO David Humphreys of Joplin. Humphreys is Lembke’s largest single contributor, giving $60,675 this year to his campaign.

Among contributions made to Barry are: $25,000 from the Democratic Senatorial Committee; $20,000 from the 4th District Senate Committee; $3,650 by Schoemehl’s campaign committee; $3,200 from the St. Louis Democratic Central Committee; $1,325 from the Oakville Democrats; $1,325 from Goffstein’s law firm; $1,000 from Unique Entertainment Consultants, which is owned by Mehlville Board of Education Vice President Micheal Ocello; $700 from the campaign committee for St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay; $675 from Local 1889; $650 from Dooley’s campaign committee; $650 from O’Driscoll; $600 from the Tesson Ferry Democrats; $600 from Haddock; $500 from Special School District Superintendent John Cary; $500 from Yaeger’s campaign committee; $500 from Progressive Democrats of Lemay.

Also: $250 from former Mehlville Board of Education member Rita Diekemper; $250 from Wagener; $225 from the campaign committee for Mehlville Board of Education member Karl Frank Jr.; $180 from the Concord Democratic Club; $150 from Mehlville School District architectural firm Dickinson Hussman Architects; $100 from Stenger; $100 from Mehlville School District Superintendent Terry Noble; $100 from Mehlville School District COMPASS Facilitating Team co-chair Jim Schibig; $50 from Mehlville National Education Association President Kay Cappos; $50 from Mehlville Board of Education President Tom Diehl; $50 from 5th District County Councilwoman Barbara Fraser, D-University City; $50 from Mehlville School District Deputy Superintendent Eric Knost; and $25 from Mehlville School District Assistant Superintendent Vicki VanLaere.

Notable contributions to Lembke include: $6,250 from the 1st Senatorial District Committee; $3,575 from the 85th Legislative District Republican Committee; $3,000 from the St. Louis County Republican Central Committee; $1,350 from the campaign committee for former Rep. Jim Avery, R-Crestwood; $1,175 from the Tesson Ferry Republicans; $325 from the 100th District Republicans; $200 from former Mehlville Board of Education member Kurt Witzel; $100 from former Mehlville Board of Education candidate Chris Brown; and $15 from former Mehlville Board of Education candidate Linda Mooy.

Rounding out other local races, the election to the Missouri 85th District seat saw Democrat Vicki Lorenz Englund by Oct. 15 raise $73,507.75, spend $50,181.47 and contribute $550 and Republican Cloria Brown by Oct. 15 raise $32,347.88 and spend $11,829.03.

In the race for the 97th District seat, Rep. Walt Bivins, R-Oakville, by Oct. 8 had raised $22,735, spent $8,888.17 and contributed $1,585 and Democrat Jan Polizzi by Oct. 10 had raised $10,140, spent $6,110.79 and contributed $560.

In the 100th District, Schoemehl by Oct. 13 had raised $72,531.38, spent $17,968.03 and contributed $18,775 and Republican Nick Haul by Oct. 15 had raised $2,660 and spent $2,615.30.

In the race for the 95th District seat, Republican Mike Leara by Oct. 15 had raised $21,716.27 and spent $5,830.27 and Democrat Alice Geary-Sgroi by Oct. 15 had raised $4,882.50, including $1,000 from herself, and spent $1,220.11.

In the election to the 96th District seat, Rep. Pat Yaeger D-Lemay, by Oct. 6 had raised $9,550, spent $3,602.69 and contributed $1,200 and Republican Ron Levy had not reported any financial activity.